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This itinerary takes in some of the key wildlife areas in Borneo, but allows you to travel at a fairly gentle pace
Finish the trip on the idyllic Gaya Island, where you can be as relaxed or as active as you would like
You will have plenty of opportunities to spot the local wildlife, exploring by boat, jeep and on foot
The Kinabatangan River has a high concentration of wildlife, with visitors regularly spotting pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys and bearded pigs
The Danum Valley Conservation Area offers 43,800 hectares of pristine primary rainforest rife for exploring
Like the rest of Malaysia, Sabah’s climate is hot and humid. Expect temperatures in the high 20s and low 30s throughout the lowlands. The state’s rainfall averages about 300cm annually and though it rains throughout the year, the heaviest rainfall generally occurs between October and January.
This exciting itinerary incorporates plenty of adventure, but at a fairly gentle pace, allowing you to make the most of the experience. Venture into Borneo's rainforests in search of the incredible wildlife, and finish at an idyllic island retreat.
Start your trip with a night in Malaysia's capital, Kuala Lumpur. Relax after your flight or if you are feeling energetic, why not visit some of the city's cultural sites such as the Petronas Towers, or sample some of the delicious street food at one of the markets.
From Kuala Lumpur you will fly to Sandakan, which is within Borneo's Sabah district. Spend a in the heart of Sepilok - home to the renowned Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and Sunbear Sanctuary. Here orphaned, abandoned or injured animals are resuced and rehabilitated within the relative wild and offers a great example of Borneo's conservation efforts. Try to visit the centre at feeding time to try and catch site of the orangutans swinging through the trees as they descend to the feeding platform.
From here you will venture further inland to the Kinabatangan River, known to have one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in Borneo. Spend your time here exploring the area by boat along the rivers many tributaries or explore on foot with trusty guides looking out for local inhabitants such as pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys, hornbills and even bearded pigs. Included in this itinerary is a guided river wildlife spotting boat cruise on Oxbow Lake.
Next continue overland to Danum Valley, an area of pristine primary rainforest. Here you can enjoy some fantastic treks into the rainforest learning about the local flora and fauna, cameras always at the ready. After the sun sets on this breath-taking landscape you can still enjoy guided night walks and jeep safaris, meaning you have plenty of opportunities to spot the local wildlife at all times of the day and night. We have included both a guided rainforest trek and a river-tubing adventure during your stay in the Danum Valley.
The last few days of your trip will see you transferred to Lahad Datu, before flying Kota Kinabalu. From here you will be whisked away to the delightful Gaya Island. Unwind in the idyllic island setting enjoying the relative peace and exploring the underwater world and reefs surrounding the islands. Opt to join a diving excursion or if you prefer to be land based enjoy a rainforest trek high up into the jungle canopy where you can opt to zipline through the trees - the ultimate adventure. Gaya Island offers you complete flexibility and your stay on the island can be as relaxed or as active as you would like.
An adventure along Borneo Rainforest Lodge's canopy walk is often one of the highlights of a stay here. This suspended walkway is 300 metres long, and reaches 26 metres high at its peak, offering a different perspective into the rainforest.
Hop into the back of an open-air truck for a night safari; a great time to see nocturnal primates such as the slow loris, flying red squirrel, samba deer, and civets. Your guide will use a strong torch to search for wildlife as you bump along the track.
Accompanied by your expert guide, trek through the pristine primary rainforest of the Danum Valley. This is one of the oldest rainforests in the world, filled with wonderful wildlife, astonishing plants, tumbling waterfalls and mysterious rock pools.
Trek up to the “Coffin Cliff”, an ancient burial site of the Kadazandusun tribe, passing through picturesque rainforest and past waterfalls. You will also take in the best views of Danum Valley, and enjoy a refreshing dip in a natural Jacuzzi pool.
Visit the famous Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Here you will have a chance to see successfully rehabilitated orangutans coming to feeding platforms, and perhaps even juvenile orangutans during one of their daily training sessions.
Accompanied by the lodge's in-house naturalist, take a stroll along the Hornbill Boardwalk, keeping a eye out for the wildlife that can often been seen around the property.
Start early this morning and take a boat cruise up the Kinabatangan River to the Kelenanap Oxbow Lake. The early morning is a great time to spot wildlife, and experience the rainforest coming alive as the sun rises.
Take a cruise along the Kinabatangan River, keeping an eye out for the local wildlife, which can include crocodiles, proboscis monkeys, pygmy elephants, hornbills and sometimes even the elusive orangutan.
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